Dunkel (Erdinger)

Hallo, es ist Oktoberfest, also schauen wir uns ein deutsches Bier an!

Seeing as it’s Oktoberfest, we’ve grabbed a 500ml bottle of Erdinger’s Dunkel which clocks in at 5.3% ABV.

What is a Dunkel?
The word “dunkel” is German for “dark,” and this dark beer style offers beer lovers balanced flavors of chocolate, bread crust and caramel. The dunkel is a classic German lager that craft brewers are fond of brewing and countless people across the world are fond of enjoying.

I’ve had this on draft already but seeing as it was a social setting, there wasn’t much time to take tasting notes!

So… Beer? I crack the bottle cap and pour the bottle into my tankard to reveal a dark brown brew with an off white head that lingers pretty much til the end of the pint as I found.

On the nose, I’m hit right away with the classic German beer aromas of banana, wheat, malt, a bit of grass and a sweetness shining through.

The taste is an interesting one, there’s caramel, banana, malts, bread and a hint of raisins in there. There’s a nice mouthfeel to this which makes it such a pleasant sipper.

The carbonation surprised me a bit at first as it’s a sort of medium carb but as the beer settles, it clear itself up a bit and gets more smooth as you go down the glass.

The brew reminds me of experiencing a language barrier in Berlin and eventually simply asking the barman for the ‘dark one’ as opposed to the ‘light one’ when going up for beers!

I’ve enjoyed this brew and no doubt, I’ll have it again on draught before Oktoberfest ends.

I’d give this 3.6 Dunkybois out of 5

G’luck,
Seán

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